Amalaki (Emblica Officinalis) is a small tree that’s native to tropical southeastern Asia, including India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and the Mascarene Islands. Also known as Indian gooseberry, Amalaki bears a small round fruit (about ½ to 1” in diameter) that’s one of nature’s richest sources of antioxidants. In fact, its juice has about 20 times more vitamin C than orange juice. Research has shown that the fruit has both antibacterial and antiviral properties.

In the Ayurvedic healing tradition, Amalaki is considered the most powerful rejuvenating medicine. In Sanskrit, Amalaki means “the sustainer,” and it’s used to nourish the blood, skin, liver and bones. It’s frequently recommended for a wide variety of debilitating conditions.

Amalaki fruit is extremely nutritious and well known among Ayurvedic practitioners for being the only food that contains five of the six essential tastes (rasas): sour, sweet, bitter, pungent and astringent. It lacks only the salty taste. This is a valuable property because in Ayurveda, a balanced diet needs to contain all six tastes at every meal to create optimal health.

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